Acronis has published its Cyber threat mid-year report with statistics from the first half of 2021. The report revealed that during the first half of 2021, 4 out of 5 organizations experienced a cybersecurity breach originating from a vulnerability in their third-party vendor ecosystem.
The average cost of a data breach rose to around US$3.56 million, with the average ransomware payment jumping 33% to more than US$100,000. Another growing threat are phishing attacks, these malicious emails that use social engineering techniques to trick users into clicking malicious attachments or links, rose by 62% from Q1 to Q2.
Acronis blocked more than 393,000 phishing and malicious URLs per month, preventing attackers from accessing valuable data and injecting malware into the client’s system. In 2020, more than 1,300 victims of ransomware had their data publicly leaked following an attack, as cybercriminals look to maximize their financial gain from successful incidents.
During the first half of this year, more than 1,100 data leaks have already been published – which projects a 70% increase for the whole year. Two-thirds of remote workers now use work devices for personal tasks and use personal home devices for business activities. As a result, attackers have been actively probing remote workers. Acronis observed more than twice the number of global cyberattacks, with a 300% increase in brute-force attacks against remote machines via RDP.
If you want learn more about the current threat trends and how Acronis Cyber Protect can help you stay safe, then download your free copy of the cyber threat mid-year report here:
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